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November 20th 2009 06:57
Cassius Clay: Before He Was Muhammad Ali

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Muhammad Ali (born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr.; January 17, 1942) is the most famous heavyweight championship boxer of all time. Nicknamed 'The Greatest', Ali was involved in several historic boxing matches. Notable among these are three with rival Joe Frazier and one with George Foreman, whom he beat by knockout to win the world heavyweight title for the second time. Ali was well known for his unorthodox fighting style, which he described as "float like a butterfly, sting like a bee", and employing techniques such as the rope-a-dope. He was also known for his pre-match hype, where he would 'trash talk' opponents on television and in person some time before the match, often with rhymes. These personality quips, idioms along with an unorthodox fighting technique made him a cultural icon.

Thanks to, today we look at the early days of Ali's career, before changing his name after joining the Nation of Islam in 1964. Find more information here.

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Cassius Clay Wins Gold at 1960 Rome Olympics
Though he was a highly successful amateur (he finished with a record of 100-5), Clay did not become a household name until he won the light heavyweight gold medal at the 1960 Olympics, in Rome.

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Cassius Clay Meets the Beatles
As confirmation of his iconic stature, Clay acts up on a Beatles press tour in February 1964 to celebrate a "victory" over the Fab Four, who are making their first trip to the U.S.

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Cassius Clay Dressed to Kill
The public loved Clay because of his skill in the ring and his brashness outside of it. But he could also carry himself like a gentleman when needed, which made for some stylish moments.

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Cassius Clay Celebrates His Victory Over Sonny Liston
An exuberant Clay flies around the ring after beating Sonny Liston to win the heavyweight title. It was during a post-fight TV interview that he shouted his famous lines: "I shook up the world!" and "I am the greatest!"

*This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from the Wikipedia article for Muhammad Ali.


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